FOUR THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU AND YOUR DISCIPLE
Keep your conversations confidential, unless something is life threatening or very serious.
Meet together at least once every week; if there are times you can’t, schedule “catch-up” meetings.
Never have long periods of time where you don’t meet together.
Do not assign the disciple to work on the lessons in advance.
MISTAKES DISCIPLERS HAVE MADE
Don’t have periods of time where you never meet together - meet together every week and twice a week if you can.
Don’t talk about your disciple or discipler to others; keep your conversations confidential unless something is life threatening or very serious - have a close relationship built on trust.
Disciples should not work on the lessons on their own - it's important that the disciple only work on the lessons with their Discipler and not in advance.
Don’t add your own subjects to the lessons - each topic and section has been carefully designed.
Don’t skip sections or assignments - when you discover the teachings from God’s Word for yourself, it goes “deeper.”
Don’t give your disciple to another Discipler - a stable relationship produces better results.
Don’t think the Daily in the Word is optional; after doing everything you can, if your disciple will not take time for God’s Word consistently, you have to get a new disciple. You cannot reproduce bad disciples. You may discover they fade away on their own anyway.
WHAT ABOUT MEMORY VERSES
What About Memory Verses in Journey? The Journey discipleship lessons start to talk about memory verses in Lesson Three. Of course before that time in every “Reflect and Transfer” and sections of the lesson the disciple is encouraged to memorize any verses that really stand out to them. That is a natural way and a more spiritual way to connect with the verse and bring them into their heart because it’s something that the Holy Spirit is pointing out to them.
In their Daily in the Word, the writings of the Word of God, they are encouraged that any verses that really jump off the page to commit to memory. That is another very natural way to memorize the scripture and to hide it into their heart.
But in Lesson Three there are approximately 25 verses that they are asked to learn by the end of the Lessons, and that is not a lot of Bible verses but they are all verses that are related to sharing the Gospel. Those are the only ones that we check up on.
There are some disciplers that are more strict about this and give more memory verses to their disciples. That is great, maybe their disciples are hungry for that but it is not something that is required in the lessons. It is something we know that the more a disciple gets into the Word of God, the more the Word of God they are going to want.
We encourage a lot of memorization, but we like it to be done in a natural way. It is key that every disciple be ready to witness at any time.